SOUTHEASTERN, N.C. (WECT) - Thunderstorm cells are developing over southeast North Carolina Wednesday afternoon with a very warm and moist airmass in place over the area. For the most part these cells are non-severe but may produce gusty winds, lightning, and brief heavy downpours.
According to Meteorologist Eric Davis, this activity is expected to continue through 6 p.m. After 7 p.m., a line of powerful thunderstorms will move through the area through midnight from west to east. The threat for strong to severe storms will be highest during this time.
“Thunderstorms this evening may produce damaging straight-line winds, hail, torrential downpours, and a small risk of a brief tornado,” said Davis.
Late tonight, the cold front will push offshore ending the severe weather threat. Partial clearing, breezy conditions, and much cooler weather is expected Thursday with record lows and possible frost Friday and Saturday morning.